Kirill Petrenko - Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

My greatest work

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Beethoven called it his “greatest work.” With his Missa solemnis, which the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform at the Easter Festival under Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko, the composer created music for the mankind of the future. Interesting parallels with architecture can be found during the same period: monumental “cathedrals of humanity” on paper that could not yet be technically realized at the time around 1800. Perhaps now, 200 years later, we have progressed enough so that we are ready for the Missa? Its difficulties (breakneck fugues) are as feared as its beauties (the violin solo that portrays the coming of the Holy Spirit) are famous.

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Missa solemnis in D major, op. 123

In Latin with German and English supertitles.